Kendrick, however, will be looking to pick up where he left off in his stellar last outing.
Braun will look to help the Milwaukee Brewers take three of four games from the Phillies as the teams conclude their series at Miller Park.
After plating 13 runs to take the first two games of this weekend's set, the Brewers (54-65) fell 4-3 on Saturday, but Braun didn't get the memo to stop hitting. The reigning NL MVP went 3 for 4 with his fourth home run of the series, a two-run shot.
Braun is batting .565 (13 for 23) with six homers, 10 RBIs, nine runs scored and a .630 on-base percentage in six games this season versus Philadelphia (55-65), homering in each of the last five. If he goes deep again Sunday, he will become the first Brewers player to homer in four straight games overall since Prince Fielder did it July 30-Aug. 2, 2008.
"It's going to be a battle with Braun. He's that good," said Phillies starter Cole Hamels , who earned the win Saturday but surrendered the homer to Braun. "There's a constant battle when you have to face the best hitters."
Braun hasn't homered off Kendrick (5-9, 4.53 ERA) but has enjoyed plenty of success in their matchups, going 5 for 10 with one double off the Philadelphia right-hander.
Kendrick is 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA in three starts and three relief appearances versus the Brewers, but he hasn't started against them since 2010.
He's coming off a superb outing, throwing five-hit ball over seven innings of Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Miami."If the other team doesn't score, we can't lose," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
Kendrick had gone 0-1 with nine runs allowed over 7 1-3 innings in his previous two starts after spending most of July in the bullpen, but bounced back against the Marlins by throwing 61 of 87 pitches for strikes."I am just going to stick to who I am and I was able to do that (Tuesday)," he said.
Kendrick will try to help the Phillies extend the misery of Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf (3-9, 5.65), who is 0-3 in his last five starts and has won just once in 18 outings since the beginning of May. Wolf is 0-2 with a 6.87 ERA in three career starts versus the Phillies, for whom he pitched from 1999-2006.
The left-hander gave up six runs and a season-high 10 hits in five innings of Tuesday's 8-6 loss at Colorado. Opponents are batting .351 off Wolf in his last four outings.
John Mayberry Jr. and Erik Kratz hit back-to-back home runs and Chase Utley and Ryan Howard had two hits apiece Saturday for the Phillies, who snapped the Brewers' eight-game home winning streak and will now try to avoid losing a series at Milwaukee for the first time since 2007.
|August 13, 2012||Nate Schierholtz||15-Day DL||Fractured right big toe|
|August 03, 2012||Carlos Ruiz||15-Day DL||Plantar fasciitis, left foot|
|July 23, 2012||Placido Polanco||15-Day DL||Lower back inflammation|
|July 09, 2012||Raul Valdes||15-Day DL||Strained right hip|
|July 09, 2012||Raul Valdes||15-Day DL||Strained right hip|
|June 25, 2012||Brian Schneider||15-Day DL||Sprained right ankle - out 3-5 weeks|
|July 29, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Sore left wrist|
|July 17, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Right thigh strain|
|June 15, 2012||Shaun Marcum||60-Day DL||Right elbow tightness|
|June 02, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left quadricep|
|May 31, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Tight Achilles|
|May 28, 2012||Jonathan Lucroy||15-Day DL||Fractured right hand, out 4-6 weeks|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel thought Kyle Kendrick should get a special award, especially for the way he stopped Ryan Braun .
Kendrick pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and Philadelphia beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-0 Sunday after waiting out a rare rain delay at Miller Park.
Kendrick wasn't bothered at all when the game was held up for 7 minutes after showers popped up in the first inning with the retractable roof still open.
It takes about 10 minutes for the roof to fully shut, and the game was delayed with the Brewers batting in the bottom half when the rain became harder. Most of the Phillies stayed on the field, except for Kendrick, who walked off the mound as the grounds crew spread drying agent on the mound.
"He did good," Manuel said. "He got Braun out. He gets a medal for that."
Kendrick (6-9) struck out seven and walked one. In his previous start, he threw seven impressive innings and beat Miami 1-0.
Braun, who had homered in each of the first three games of the series to push his NL-leading total to 33, went 0 for 3 against Kendrick. Braun's hit was a double off Michael Schwimer to start the ninth.
Kendrick slipped a pitched past Braun in the first inning for a called third strike. Braun didn't agree, but the right-hander had established what would be the game plan against the Brewers' slugger.
"He was swinging it well," Kendrick said. "We just mixed it up."
"We just kind of went with my strengths. Got him out on a sinker away. The second time it was a 1-2 cutter. Then first pitch changeup. We tried to keep him off balance."
Braun's next time up, he flied out to center with a runner in scoring position. In the sixth, he ended the inning when Kendrick induced a grounder to short.
Braun was carrying the load after Brewers manager Ron Roenicke gave Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart the day off.
"I know it's hard with a lineup where we had two pretty big guns out of there, but I still think we should score some runs," Roenicke said. "We start off with a leadoff triple to start the game and we don't get him home. That kind of set the tone for things."
Kendrick allowed Nyjer Morgan 's leadoff triple in the first, then trapped the speedster on Rickie Weeks ' hard comebacker. Kendrick tagged out Morgan in a rundown.
"He did throw the ball very well," Roenicke said. "Nice cutter, nice fastball command. We had a big strike zone today. Both sides. He used it. He did a good job."
Kendrick retired 11 straight batters before walking Jonathan Lucroy to start the seventh. Kendrick retired the next three batters and then worked a 1-2-3 eighth, getting the final two outs on strikeouts.
Domonic Brown drove in four runs and scored twice. Michael Martinez , who began the day hitting .130, homered off Randy Wolf (3-10).
"He had a good day today," Manuel said. "He hit some balls, especially the last couple of times up. He really got through the ball. That's a good sign."
Brown doubled and singled twice. He walked in the second and Martinez hit his second homer of the season and first since being recalled Aug. 1 from Triple-A.
Brown made it 5-0 when his double cleared the bases after two singles and a walk in the third. Martinez followed with a single and center fielder Carlos Gomez threw out Brown at the plate.
Brian Schneider added a two-run double in the eighth. Brown hit an RBI single in the ninth.
In the Brewers ninth, Braun doubled with one out and Jonathan Lucroy singled. Travis Ishikawa was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Schwimer struck out Gomez on three pitches and fanned Cody Ransom on four.
Wolf, who is 0-4 in his last five starts with a 6.53 ERA, allowed five runs and 10 hits over seven innings.
NOTES: After the game, the Phillies optioned INF Hector Luna to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The corresponding roster move will be made Monday. More than likely, it will be Placido Polanco , who has been on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation. ... The Phillies gained a split in the series. They haven't lost a series in Milwaukee since 2007. ... Roenicke also gave RF Norichika Aoki the day off.